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An Unexpected Joy: The Gift of Parenting a Challenging Child [Paperback]

By Mary Sharp (Author) & Eugene H. Peterson (Author)
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Item description for An Unexpected Joy: The Gift of Parenting a Challenging Child by Mary Sharp & Eugene H. Peterson...

Dr. Mary Sharp shares her grief, anger, depression, and now acceptance of her son's autism. This memoir offers parents of autistic children:
- A sense that someone else knows what you're going through
- Help in dealing with the inevitable emotional and spiritual struggles
- Insights into pitfalls to avoid and issues to address

Awards and Recognitions
An Unexpected Joy: The Gift of Parenting a Challenging Child by Mary Sharp & Eugene H. Peterson has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • ForeWord Book of the Year Award - 2003 Winner - Parenting category

Citations And Professional Reviews
An Unexpected Joy: The Gift of Parenting a Challenging Child by Mary Sharp & Eugene H. Peterson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 08/01/2003 page 110
  • Christian Retailing - 10/06/2003 page 22

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Item Specifications...

Studio: NavPress
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.22" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.38"
Weight:   0.38 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2003
Publisher   NavPress Publishing Group
Edition  New  
ISBN  1576834611  
ISBN13  9781576834619  

Availability  0 units.

More About Mary Sharp & Eugene H. Peterson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! MARY SHARP, M.D., has been a practicing family physician for twenty years and the mother of an autistic child, Nic, for twelve years. She lives with her husband, Rafael (also a physician), and their two older children in East Lansing, Michigan.

Mary Sharp was born in 1942.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Disorders & Diseases > Nervous System
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Personal Health > Children's Health > Autism & Asperger's Syndrome
3Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Personal Health > Children's Health > Special Needs Children
4Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Parenting > General
5Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Special Needs > General
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > General

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Reviews - What do customers think about An Unexpected Joy: The Gift of Parenting a Challenging Child?

Perspective, humor, and honesty.   Aug 21, 2007
The life and world Dr. Sharp writes of is incredibly isolating, but the moments of grace experienced give insight into all of us. Her experiences mirror my family's, but she found the words we have struggled to identify due to exhaustion. Sleep is not for the weak, it is for the survivors. Those with special needs children will, hopefully, see themselves and know they are not alone. Those with friends with children with special needs will see their friends, and know in some small way just what a blessing their relationships are to these families. Those who have limited interaction or understanding of special needs families may gain some understanding and compassion for those so challenged. And those who provide help, via therapists, babysitting, house cleaning, dog walking, anything, may finally know just what angels they are.
author hates homeschooling????  Feb 11, 2007
I enjoyed this book up until chapter 3 when the author launches into a diatribe against homeschooling. She describes her "visceral anger" about homeschooling, creating some of my own anger.
An excellent book  Feb 18, 2004
A friend from church gave this book to my wife to read. Roughly two weeks before that, my son was diagnosed with a mild form of autism. This struck a big blow to me as a father. After reading the book, my wife told me I needed to read it. While I read it, I was transported into Mary Sharp's world as she raised her son. It dealt with many of the issues and questions we had about ourselves and our future. Though not a "text book" like some other books that deal with Autism, "An Unexpected Joy" deals with the emotional struggles that they faced. I could definitely relate as we have been facing the some of the same issues. I would recommend this to any parent, especially those with "normal" kids, because it helps you understand those special ones.

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